How To Do a Subterranean Termite Treatment

How To Do a Subterranean Termite Treatment

Hey I’m Chris the Bug Guy from,
and today we are going to show you how to get rid of termites, specifically how to get
rid of subterranean termites. Termite treatment chemicals are mainly used to treat subterranean
termites which come from underground. For that reason, to treat subterranean termites,
we have to dig a termite around the house and place the treatment in the ground. The
goal is to put a liquid barrier around your entire home, and DIY, or do it yourself, termite
treatment products are made to last a long time in the soil. So anywhere from 5 to over
10 years wow that’s a long time. The best termite products we have these days are called
non-repellent products. This means the termites do not realize the barrier is in the soil.
They walk through the product freely picking it up on their bodies and carrying it back
down underground and passing it around to the rest of the colony. It moves like a plague,
killing the queen and the entire colony over a period of time. The cost of a termite treatment
from a professional company can range from anywhere on average from $800-$1500. Most
of the cost is in the labor to perform the treatment, but at if
you are willing to do the labor yourself you can treat your home just as effectively as
the professionals for a few hundred dollars or less. Now that is a lot of money back in
your pocket. Now let’s go outside and show you how to apply the product in the trench
around your home. Step 1 is digging the trench. The trench against your house should be 6″
wide and 6″ deep. You can use a shovel or a pick axe, and the trench will be directly
against the foundation. Once you have dug the trench, it is 4 gallons per 10 feet, 10
lineal feet, along the house. So you are going to mix in the termiticide, make a line on
the bucket if you need to for 4 gallons, and once it’s mixed we’re going to evenly distribute
it over the trench. So we have a 10′ section over here. You are going to evenly distribute
those 4 gallons over the 10′, and then move on to the next section. By the time you get
back around this should have dissipated into the soil. Now once you have finished trenching
and filling the trench with the termiticide, and it’s had time to dissipate into the soil
you need to put the back fill back into the trench. Now the dirt right now is untreated.
This is the dirt we took out of the trench, but you want to make sure that you treat it
before you put it back in because you don’t want a layer of untreated soil on top of the
treated soil. If termites happen to go right near the surface, they are going to skip the
termiticide you placed in the trench. So this is a lot easier with two people. You want
to mix some termiticide in a 1 gallon pump sprayer, and then you want to have a shovel
or a rake to push the dirt back in the trench. The person with the sprayer is going to go
ahead and start just wetting the dirt down, not so much that it is muddy, but just start
wetting the dirt down, and as you are pushing it back in with the shovel or rake, the other
person is going to wet it down. Just move on down the line. Let him wet it down a little
bit. As you shovel it back in they’re just going to wet down that back fill and get it
mixed well with the termiticide. Now your house is completely protected by the professional
termiticide. I hope you found this video useful. For more information click here.


66 thoughts on “How To Do a Subterranean Termite Treatment”

  • too bad this video is a lie. Home owners/ DIY ers CANNOT use the propet termiticide. Proper termiticide requires state issued license. This video is equivilant to a homeowner using a can of hairspray and a lighter to kill a huge beehive. NOT GONNA WORK. Call a professional before wasting your time and money in a treatment that WILL NOT work.

  • Bryan: this video shows how to use Termidor to do a termite treatment. Termidor is legal for anyone to buy and apply in every state except: CT, NY, SC, MA, IN, WA. Termidor is the EXACT SAME chemical "professionals" are using. Doing it yourself is definitely the way to go as long as you're willing to do the digging and drilling involved. DIY termite treatments save people a ton of money (75% or more) and you can easily get the same results as hiring an exterminator.

  • Haha, you're just afraid of losing business. I know several people who have successfully done their own termite treatment. The bulk of what you would pay a company is all in the labor to do the digging. If people can dig a trench they can do their own termite treatment no problem.

  • People don't do termite work because they cannot do it themselves. Same with lawn maintenance, most people hire others to do it, though it's not a problem to do it yourself. So, you telling in case people can do their termite work it will affect our business makes no sense. It's a fact all these chemicals cannot be sold to the public, but it is done. If you want proof I can submit it. If people want to waste money, possibly damage their health let them go do it but only after knowing it.

  • Boy, the "Pro's" leaving comments saying us stupid homeowners are not able to do something could at least spell correctly or explain that there are dangers with working with some materials or chemicals. Maybe I missed it but even the maker of this video should push the importance of reading and understanding all the literature and safety precautions that come with any products of this nature. Something I know for a fact most professional people don't take the time to do either. Once they think they know they never look again even though things do change over time..  That no one is mentioning any actual dangers of contamination or the like sort of proves the point..    READ ALL SAFETY AND HANDLING DOCUMENTS on any product you use..  Every time before you use them so as not to confuse them with anything else..  A real Pro could recite them word for word from memory. And spot any changes in them immediately. I read all literature and labeling on anything like this or other home repair products I use. every time….    That writing is actually there for a reason….  And I can do anything a Pro can it just may take me a little longer because I put more thought and care into it. I want things done right, and that is why I do them myself.    .   

  • this will not even work if they're coming up inside of the cinder block you didnt drill and treat…  they also commonly follow plumbing….you did nothing for that. You also left untreated soil against the foundation….dig the trench up AGAINST the foundation wall   UNprofessionally applied 

  • sure they can…they can drill 2 holes in every cinder block, and drill down through any abutting slabs every 12 inches…just as effectively as a professional. AND since the home owner is insuring the results himself, he can do that just as effectively as a professional……..oh ya prolly more like 200 gallons…if you follow the label.

  • Prime Termite, your pretty funny, a homeowner if they take the time to read up and learn what they are doing usually a homeowner can and will do a much better job than a professional can, they can take as much time as they need to, its their home so doing the best job is in their best interest..

  • Termites can come from anywhere under ground, they don't just walk up to your house from next door, you would really need to flood under your house aswell for this to be effective.

  • This video reminds me when I had bedbugs in my home, every advise I got pointed me to the exterminator. I on the other hand decided to follow my instincts, went to ebay bought some 30 dollar powder sprinkled it on top of the carpet, threw away my fav couch let it it sit for a week, vacuumed it away. I did the same process two weeks later I have not seen the sons of itching backs again. worked for me at least, so now here we go termites….

  • I'm an owner of a pest control company. They completely forgot to mention that you have to long rod the ground as well. Then fill your trench with liquid. Also if your footer is under soil they forgot to mention about drilling the brick above the soil level to inject the chemical in the wall. Also forgot to mention the slab concrete around the home. Those have to be drilled and a subslab injector used to apply the termiticide. All in all I will advise anyone thinking about doing this themselves to contact a professional company. Make sure they explain the termiticide being used, areas of concern, what they are going to treat and how, and finally what the warranty program they offer includes. If a company doesn't offer a lifetime renewable option, stay away from them. Just some helpful advice to anyone reading.

  • Coming from under the house only a issue if there is a crawl space. The Hoke in the video is a monolithic slab it's a solid foundation only way termites could get in under the home if there is a break in the slab

  • I treated several house in the Philippines with a small amount of Termidor and they have seen all their ant, cockroach, and termite problems disappear.  I treated these houses 4 years ago and still they report no issues.  My house in Florida and it has the Sentracon bait stations, which I inspect and service my self.  I did drill some 3/4 holes in the outside concrete blocks, put a 3/4 pvc fitting with a cover so I could inject Termidor in the blocks about 5 feet above the concrete slab.  I did this every 8 feet.  The termidor treated blocks will be there a long time and I can retreat it periodically in about 20 minutes every few years.  I did this also to a rental home and my neighbor reported he no longer sees fire ants in his yard.  Not an intended affect but a good effect.

  • very informative….so how would you treat pier and beam construction? Slab houses are post 1950 houses what if you have a pre 1950 house?  Also if I wanted to treat wooden posts in the ground for my outdoor fencing. How do I do that?

  • I already hired someone to do the trenching around my house. The directions on bottle says 1/8 oz. to every gallon so if you use four gallons of water you need 1/8 + 1/8+ 1/8 + 1/8 = 4/8 oz which is 1/2 oz. which is .5 oz per 4 gallons of water. Hopefully it will work because alot of termites have been detected. Exterminator wanted to charge 800 bucks plus 125 every service vist.

  • rawrawraw321 says:

    What does per foot of depth mean as in, "For example, for treatment of 10 linear feet with a four-foot depth, use 16 (4 x 4) gallons per 10 linear feet." per the instructions. Do you need to go down 4 feet in some cases if so what conditions. Thanks

  • I Live in Florida.It can rain like it does in the tropics.How do you keep this from leaching. Also,our groundwater for drinking begins at 35 feet

  • lol this guy is a clown,what is he gonna "dig a trench" for all treatments?? hehe what happens when its built on a concrete slab 😛 sorry don't listen to these "DO IT YOURSELF" idiots because your asking for trouble over time when the termites totally take over the house because the treatment was  not done correctly.

  • desertdispatch says:

    as an ex technician I can say do your self a favor and remove any dead wood, wood debris, fire wood away from your house. That will help.      for starters

  • I have an L-shaped concrete pad porch, about 20×16 in front of my house. Will digging the trench around the porch be enough?

  • Ive seen poison concentrate in "trenching" and "no-trenching" for the same type poison. Is one stronger than the other?

  • I have a detached garage and termites are actively penetrating the studs from inside the garage. Do you not treat the active bugs on the inside after doing this? I'm assuming they have to go back down underground and the more that stay alive, the more the poison distributes to the rest of the colony?

  • I agree, I have built my own home by hiring different people that say they are experts and even have licenses, but I have learned that if you do alot of good reaserch your self, you can do a better job at DIY than alot of these other so called pros, most are just in it to take your money and run. I have done alot of jobs my self in my new home and Its to my intrest that its done right, of course I always ask at least 3 experts and take the most common sence advice.

  • Arkansas Woodworking says:

    This is a great video, and I just watched a professional do it to my house yesterday.  We had such a bad infestation this past year, the termite company came out to retreated the house again.  The professional did EXACTLY what you did in the video – 6-8" wide and 6-8" deep.  He did punch a pointed rod down in the soil 6-10" if able about every 3-4 feet, but he said really not necessary – The poison will seep in.  He just did it to accelerate the poison getting deeper in the soil to try and kill the colony faster since we have been having such a bad year. The professional had a very nice spray system, and it poured treatment with a large wand at probably 5-7 PGM if not higher – It filled the trench like you did with the bucket.  He sprayed on the soil going back in before shoveling it back in and then sprayed it after back in trench.  He drilled the walls covered by concrete patios and doors and sprayed in those holes created with a smaller wand probably 1/2 to 1 GPM to facilitate going into the smaller hole.These comments on "brain surgery"…Please!!!  It's comments from the professional who are threatened by this.  The process shown is very feasible with buckets and a small yard sprayer.  However, there are systems with 12V pumps with 25-30 gallon tanks made for 4 wheelers for about $90-$220.  You could put this system on a pull around garden wagon and do the exact same thing.  I will be retreating my house about every 5 years since the filled in swampland in Arkansas seems to be LOADED with termites.  Have no fear – This is VERY easy to do, and if they didn't retreat it for free, I would have done this exact thing myself.  I will do it myself in about 5 years versus the $1500 retreatment bill.  You can buy a 4 wheeler sprayer and not feel guilty for that price.

  • I'm a termite tech for a well known company and i have to say that everyone can do pest and termite treatments by themselves, there's no science on that.

  • what about if I have termites on my bathroom window? I just noticed lil white small insects and the wood is rotten, I just never paid attention to it. any advice ?

  • Can you use Bifen XTS for subterranean termite control ? I know they list it on there product label, why would you not want a insecticide to repel the termites underground ?

  • Just push the dirt in the trench before the water absorbs into the ground. Screw the pump sprayer. If this stuff "spreads like a plague" then there's should be no need for pump spraying

  • awhiteknight1999 says:

    My neighbor just discovered he's got termites and luckily he just needs to have a little repair done to his windows. Now I'm thinking if contacting pest control for an estimate. This looks pretty simple for a "country boy" to do. If I go this route, should I dig a deep small hole every so often and pour the solution in so it gets deeper penetration or is the six inch ditch good enough? Also, I've got a dog, would this be harmful to her?

  • You’re only showing a rod & trench. Make a video on doing a full treatment, trenching, down drilling, stem drilling and all.

  • Joshua Gonzalez says:

    The public can treat their own homes for termite but be advised when you do it with a company the job will come with a 1 year Optional- renewable Warranty for about $165 – $250 a year, it comes with your 1st treatment. You treat your home now and it'll come out cheaper in the long run.

    Keep in mind today's chemicals do not last 8 -10 years. So about 7 years exact it is highly suggested to retreat your home. Sorry blame the E.P.A & U.S.D.A for constantly changing the chemicals A.I

  • Uma Dwaraknath says:

    What happens to the treated soil after monsoon? Does it get washed out? How long will such a treatment be effective?

  • Per earlier comments, yes sometimes it's better to get a warranty…however, if you're older than say 30…you know a warranty is only as good as the person selling it to you! A lifetime warranty is NOT your lifetime or your car or houses lifetime, it is the lifetime of the company and just because they manage to stay in business does NOT mean they will honor said warranty. You can DIY or you will have to manage whoever you hire. Sad you can't trust someone to just do what they say they'll do. Example. I hired someone to mow my lawn when I usually do it myself. I asked do you do what you want or are you open to taking direction? The answer "we do how you want us to do it". Ok mow high and don't walk on my newly laid dirt which was recently laid and pressed to try and level correct yard. What happened? They mowed low and footprints and mower tracks all through my dirt! DIY no one else cares!!

  • Jennifer Wang says:

    Why use a pump with a sprayer when you can just mix back the dirt you pull out with the termiticide using a shovel? That way it’s faster.?

  • Hello everyone,, question? I will have fumigate my home next week., is it possible , I can DIY the treatment in my basement coz it costs so much money for the treatment. Anyways my home is a 100yrs old thanx in advance

  • Amy Witherspoon says:

    Question? I have a very visible 8-10 inch gravel foundation that's leveled all the way up to my house only my driveway does not have this perimeter. Do I still need to dig a trench? If so do I dig up the gravel or the dirt 8 inches out from my gravel and house?

  • What’s the difference between pouring this liquid treatment in the trench VS those termite treatment stations?

  • Anthony Winchester says:

    What about inside the crawl space not just the outside of your home what about inside of your crawl space if you have dirt inside the crawl space

  • What type of safety precautions are necessary when using Taurus SC. Do I need skin protection like gloves? Di I need a respirator of some type because of fumes? And ………… any other precautions?

  • Great vid thanks. Quick question. Any advantage to using the new Termidor HE? I noticed the trench required is smaller…only 4×4. In addition you only need 2 gallons for every 10 linear feet. The ratio of the HE is 1.6oz per gallon of water. So, you still need 3.2oz for every 10 feet. The HE seems to be twice as expensive too. Other than the smaller trench size, any advantage to using the HE over the SC?

  • Shouldn’t you have dug the trench right up against the foundation. In addition, when you backfill, the soul is too high against the foundation. It’s touching the siding in some places. You want about 4 inches of foundation showing.

  • Too bad it requires a license or registration to be able to use and apply termiticide. What you are suggesting is against the law.

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